Title: Prophecy of Days
Author: Christy Raedeke
Summary from Goodreads
Review by Kirthi
PROPHECY OF DAYS, BOOK ONE: THE DAYKEEPER’S GRIMOIRE is the story of Caity Mac Fireland, a girl from San Francisco whose parents drag her to an isle off the coast of Scotland to manage some family property. Caity finds that a Mayan relic is concealed there, intentionally left centuries ago by Mayan Daykeepers in an attempt to keep their profound knowledge about the year 2012 alive into the current era.
As she delves into this world of secret knowledge, Caity is helped along by a visiting family friend and Feng Shui master, Uncle Li; a Mayan elder named Bolon; and Mr. Papers, her pet monkey that communicates through origami. A handsome Scottish lad, Alex, gets pulled into the intrigue, as do several other people with questionable motives and loyalties. Caity must weave together a tapestry of information in order to make her radical discovery, a mystery protected by an elite coterie of power-brokers who influence world events. Caity’s twenty-first century mind is put to the test as she tries to uncover the answer to an ancient riddle while trying to outwit this powerful group that will stop at nothing to control the secret, and her.
I was searching through Flux.com one day and first saw the cover of Prophecy of Days and new I had to read it. I mean, what is there not to love? My three favorite colors are mixed in: green, gray, and blue. Beautiful! The title though, really caught my attention. So mysterious, and haunting and perfect! A three-word way to explain the entire book.
One of the best things that I loved about this book was the facts. Being a history freak, especially an ancient history freak, Prophecy of Days was like a fun, interesting, intriguing, and juicy textbook. No, no, it's not the big, fat, ugly boring textbooks, it's the phenomenal textbooks that had no existed until now!
Before reading this book, I had no idea about the 2012 Doomsday rumor, I only knew that it the Mayan Calender predicted the end of the world to be in 2012. Prophecy of Days easily explains it all with the bonus of trapdoors, hidden rooms, shady characters, a great setting (I ~heart~ Scotland and Ireland) and the hot boy involvement. I mean, Prophecy of Days is a book that was like, written for me! I love how there were wonderful Buddhist and Confucius text discreetly mixed in amongst all the excitement, it added a nice touch.
Don't laugh, but I took a bunch of notes because I'm a neat freak, and notes really help with understanding. I strongly suggest you a copy and write in it, or have a pad of sticky notes (and pencils) handy :D
Beginning: I wasn't sure I liked how Caity was talking to the reader using "you" a lot, in the first few pages, however, it soon went away later on. It was good to know the setting and time and all the need-to-knows at the beginning though :D
Middle: Stuffed with facts. Trapped me in with inky words!
End: Dun-dun-dun-DUN! Betrayal, one of the best endings :D
Characters: Caity Mac Fireland is a good heroine, a daring, bold, take-action-immediatly type of heroine. I didn't think she was characterized enough on personality, talents etc... but the delicious plot made up for the loss of characterization.
Alex, our dreamy male character, sounds incredibly cute, but I was dissapointed on the lack of romantic involvement between him and Caity.
The other characters, besides Caity, Alex, and her friends, scared me, but I guess that's why I kept reading :D
Conclusion: Thick and rich with scientific, historical, mathematical, enriching writing, Prophecy of Days is a must read for everyone!